Alberto Manguel, intervista
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Should "America" only include the United States? Does art criticism matter when it doesn't account for emotions? Our man in Boston talks to author Alberto Manguel about working with Borges and responding to paintings.
What I would say is that most of the things I have written, with the exception of the novel—my second novel is going to come out—I am not a writer in that the impulse come from reading. I wrote a History of Reading because I wanted to know what it was I did. I wrote Reading Pictures because I wanted to extend that field. I have written a book of essays, Into the Looking Glass Wood, which was all about relationships between readers and writer's work, their books. So they are peculiar in that sense: They are simply explorations of an activity that very many people share. Being a writer is something different. You allow yourself to be a sort of lightning rod that conducts the electricity and you filter an inspiration that isn't entirely yours—it belongs somehow to the place you are in, the time you are in, and so on. And I don't know if I do that. I don't know if I have that kind of imagination. When I wrote the novel News from a Foreign Country, it came because I was trying to find an answer to a question, or rather, I was looking for a way of framing a question and I didn't know any other way to do it except to try and tell it as a story. And the new novel I have written, which will come out next year, is very short, 150 pages. And it's about the death of [Robert Louis] Stevenson. And that comes, again out of the impulse of a reader. Stevenson is one of my favorite authors. I feel he is like a friend. [laughs] And this was a way of talking about the death of a friend.
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